With permission from the Canadian Astronomical Society/Société Canadienne d’Astronomie:
Rich was the longest-serving member on the Heritage Committee of CASCA (Canadian Astronomical Society/Société Canadienne d’Astronomie, a person of considerable academic standing and high reputation, a renowned scholar of the history of science, and a committed and active member within the Canadian Science & Technology History Association. He had Chaired the Heritage Committee for some years in the past and was, I believe, responsible for inaugurating the series of taped interviews, then carried out in audio mode. Only one month before he died he added to the remarkable list of activities by Members for our December report with notice of a new “Genealogy” project that he was initiating.
We will all miss his constancy within the CASCA Heritage Committee, his fount of knowledge, the benefit of his broad contacts, and his professional guidance especially in matters where Societies need to talk to one another. He was a great colleague.